Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

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Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by jbinbi » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:09 am

Title says it all. I am looking for a rainjacket that is extremely lightweight, re: highly packable into small space that is also breathable. It should have a hood and would like the hood to have a visor, but that might be asking for too much.

I have looked at many of the marine foul weather gear jackets that meet everything BUT lightweight and packable. Have found lots of rainjackets/ponchos that meet all but breathable.

Looked at hiking/camping jackets, but overwhelmed by the number of them and don't know which is best. Hoping some on the forum can share their experience/knowledge. Thanks.

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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by NT2C » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:02 am

Try some of these choices that I go with a brief search:

https://www.cabelas.com/product/clothin ... ?slotId=13

https://www.cabelas.com/product/clothin ... ?slotId=12

https://www.cabelas.com/product/clothin ... ?slotId=11

https://www.cabelas.com/product/clothin ... s?slotId=5

I highly recommend the Frogg Togg line. I have one of their lightweight rain suits and find it quite comfortable.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by Beowolf » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:05 pm

Disclaimer: I don't really use rain jackets, so I have only limited firsthand experience.

But this link (https://www.switchbacktravel.com/best-rain-jackets) has evaluations for what you seem to be looking for, and every single brand is well known and has a good reputation in various backpacking, camping, hiking, or outdoorsy circles. Maybe something listed there fits your preferences.

I have an Eddie Bauer one I bought a few years ago that is relatively packable and effective, but it's not very breathable.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by RonnyRonin » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:38 pm

Frogg Toggs is one of the few jackets currently available that will actually stay relatively waterproof and breathable throughout its lifespan, shorter though it may be.

Columbia has two new jackets in their outdry line that are very light and by all accounts both waterproof and breathable, but far more expensive; the Featherweight and the Caldorado.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by Brekar » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:52 pm

I can attribute to the quality of a Frog Togg working well. I've had the same Frog Togg rain coat for 3 years, and use it frequently, most recently this past week where it rained 12+ inches in a 5 day period here in Kansas City.
I spent several days where I was in the rain for 5+ hours without respite, and never once got wet from the rain.
The jacket works well and don't break the bank.

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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by EBuff75 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:21 pm

I'll also chime in for Frog Toggs. I used mine tonight at a movie-in-the-cemetery event where our local CERT was assisting with parking. It kept me completely dry, which is what matters with rain gear!

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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by FlashDaddy » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:12 pm

My son has been wearing Marmot’s Precip for years and loves it. He spends a lot of time outside backpacking, hiking and until two moths ago worked outside. I got the same jacket for Fathers Day and it really is amazing in how well it breathes, always keeps me dry and is extremely lightweight and packable.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by moab » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:20 pm

I know I've pimped this site before. But it really does use great reviewers that are professional hikers. In addition, it breaks each jacket down by many aspects. Weight being one of them. Size. Materials. And their own exhausting reviews. Usually compiled by many users on their team. Be sure to click "Expand to show full ratings & specs" at the bottom left of the chart. It gives you a lot more info about each product.

Unfortunately everything I ever find (besides frogg toggs) maxes out at a 50 inch chest. And I'm like 54" or 55". So no love for me. lol. And why do all modern lightweight rain jackets have to be so high waisted?! I hate that. Been looking for a snow board type hard shell in an appropriate color for awhile. Those tend to run longer in the body. I have a long body. I swear I just need to save up and start having things made for me. But man in expensive.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by gary83 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:37 pm

I have a Marmot essence jacket. It is breathable and fairly comfortable.

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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by Evan the Diplomat » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:43 am

In descending price order:

Outdoor Research Helium II $ 159 Non-Tacti-cool colors are nicely discounted to $95

Patagonia Torrentshell $129

Marmot PreCip $50 - $119 depending on size and color

Frogg Toggs Pro Action / Advantage $40
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by JRR » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:01 am

I love Frogg Toggs, but they have got to do something about their zippers. I have never had a zipper last very long on a Frogg Togg jacket. Fortunately, they also come with snaps.

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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by Beowolf » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:00 am

I just got this generic bicycling rain jacket from Amazon.

It seems relatively sturdy and a reasonable fit. I'm 6'2" and ~230 and i have some extra space. The arms are elasticized and the bottom and hood have cinches. Since it's not a full zip, bigger folks may have an issue getting arms into it and sliding your head through, but for $13, I didn't think I could go wrong.

Definitely won't breathe, but for a packable jacket that packs down to a 8.5"x5.5"x3.5" cube, I think it's probably a great car, bug out bag, or general emergency kit option. Or hiking/biking, provided it's not too warm.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by JackBauer » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:47 pm

Another vote for Marmot precip. FYI I had a zipper malfunction on my first after like 5 years of heavy use. Marmot replaced entire jacket free of charge.
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by moab » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:52 pm

JackBauer wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:47 pm
Another vote for Marmot precip. FYI I had a zipper malfunction on my first after like 5 years of heavy use. Marmot replaced entire jacket free of charge.
Really? That's impressive. I have a MArmot tent. HAd no idea there warranty was so good. You just send it back directly to them?
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Re: Recommendation for lightweight breatheable rainjacket

Post by JackBauer » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:41 am

I just filled out the marmot warranty form on their support page and sent the item back as instructed.
Fyi I've done this for several other clothing products such as slidbelts belt, Brooks sneakers, etc whenevr the item failed and the OEM always seems to be fair with the claim.
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